Romantic Escape 12 Day Private Tour
Athens- (fly to) Santorini- (ferry to) Folegandros- (ferry to) Ios- (ferry to) Sifnos- (ferry to) Athens Riviera
Created to provide the ultimate honeymoon, the Romantic Escape offers romantic island-hopping through some of the top Greek isles along with less-visited gems and experiences in the capital city. It will liven all your senses, from tasting fine Greek wines and mouthwatering local fare to a magical spa visit blended with a sparkling wine tasting that will melt every inch of stress away. Enjoy memorable boat trips, dive crystal-clear blue waters, stroll cobbled streets through traditional villages with classic Cyclades architecture, and enjoy spending time together lounging on idyllic sandy beaches.
At a Glance
|Flight to Athens - Afternoon at Leisure||Athens|
|Hamman Spa - Wine Tasting - Acropolis Sunset||Athens|
|Flight to Santorini - Traditional Food & Wine Experience||Santorini|
|Morning at Leisure - Sunset Catamaran Experience||Santorini|
|Sail to Folegandros - Afternoon at Leisure||Folegandros|
|Private Scuba Diving Experience - All Levels||Folegandros|
|Sail to Ios - Afternoon at Leisure||Ios|
|Beach Safari Adventure by Rib Boat||Ios|
|Sail to Sifnos - Afternoon at Leisure||Sifnos|
|Sifnos & Islands Blue Experience by Catamaran||Sifnos|
|Ferry to Athens Riviera - Tour of Ancient Athens||Athens|
|Return Flight from Athens|
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This romantic adventure through some of the top destinations in Greece begins with your arrival into Athens International Airport. After checking into your Athens hotel, you might want to do a little exploring. It’s the perfect time to relax and refresh to get ready for your island-hopping adventure, perhaps delving into the locals’ scene, enjoying some people watching at an outdoor café on a warm evening, dining on Greek specialties like saganaki, an appetizer for cheese lovers made up of melted cheese inside a delectable crunchy crust, paired with some Greek wine, of course. Afterward you might want to take a stroll to view some of the ancient city’s illuminated iconic landmarks after dark.
Romance and relaxation rule the day, starting with a short drive to a decadent hammam spa in a luxury vehicle. Here you’ll enjoy a unique, authentic holistic experience for the senses, taking part in one of the world’s oldest cleansing rituals known to purify body and soul. A sparkling wine tasting is next, choosing from a high-end Brut white made using traditional Champagne methods or a semi-dry white produced with the Italian Piemontese tank technique, guided by an expert sommelier. This is the perfect way to kick off the romantic island-hopping adventure that begins tomorrow.
Return to Athens airport for your flight to spectacular Santorini. After checking into your hotel, you’ll take part in a fabulous food and wine experience. Learn how to cook delicious Greek foods creatively with a talented local chef and storyteller who will share his family recipes along with the flavors of wonderfully fresh, local ingredients in a cooking workshop made for two. Set in a home located in the traditional village of Megalochori, you don’t even have to like to cook to enjoy it. But it might just inspire you to want to prepare some of the delicious meals made here together back home.
Enjoy the morning to yourself on Santorini, perhaps taking selfies with a backdrop of the island’s most breathtaking landscapes, from black and red sand beaches to the iconic caldera and sapphire sea. In the early afternoon, you’ll be picked up for an incredible sunset boat tour, sailing around the island on its fastest catamaran, taking in a stunning perspective from the water while enjoy a snack, cocktail or wine. The journey will be perfectly timed to end in one of the world’s most famous spots for a sunset: Oia. Millions of people have come to witness its glory, when the colors of the setting sun are splashed across the glistening expanse of the brilliant blue Aegean.
A short and scenic ferry ride will bring you to nearby Folegandros, a remote and tranquil isle in the Cyclades complex. Small but jam-packed with natural beauty, it offers an unspoiled romantic escape far from the tourist crowds. Enjoy strolling the streets of Chora lined with timeless creations of traditional Cycladic architecture, shops, tavernas and elegant bars, perhaps stopping for a bite of the tasty authentic local cuisine. Menus often feature homemade dishes like matsata complemented with the region’s signature beverage, rakomelo. Afteward, enjoy a walk to the glistening white church of Panagia where you’ll be rewarded with one of the most awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Greek islands.
After enjoying Folegandros’ picturesque Chora, today you’ll explore its very best beaches and spectacular underwater world on a three-hour scuba diving tour for two. Discover what awaits beneath those crystal-clear azure waters, starting with a dive into a shallow area alongside an expert PADI instructor who will bring you on an undersea tour. You’ll learn how to use basic scuba diving gear and move safely under the water among gorgeous reefs and marine life. The experience that reveals just how easy it is to breathe under water, is likely to inspire you to take your diving to the next level, allowing you to explore all sorts of exciting destinations.
Another short ferry ride is on the agenda today, this time to Ios. A popular island with Instagrammers thanks to its stunningly good looks, Ios is home to 50 miles of pristine sandy beaches, some of which have been ranked among the best in Europe, all edged by clear cerulean waters. It’s home to classic whitewashed Cycladic buildings perched on hilltops, with Ios town and its cobbled streets lined with beautiful churches and lots of blue painted doorways. The island is also renowned for its cafes, restaurants and bars, including plenty of fine dining opportunities. After you’ve checked into your hotel, enjoy the afternoon sampling some of its local specialties, including cheeses, sweets and wine.
Look forward to another big thrill on your honeymoon adventure with a day trip that will take you to discover some of the most remarkable natural beauty in the Cyclades. You’ll travel by rib boat, one of the fastest in the archipelago, to some of the country’s most alluring secluded beaches and hidden coves that can only be accessed by watercraft. You’ll be able to enjoy activities like snorkeling, swimming and standup paddle boarding as well as basking under the Mediterranean sun or underneath shady awnings on a comfy lounger set along a pristine stretch of sand. It’s the perfect blend of relaxation and activities, surrounded by magical Mediterranean scenery. Snacks, wine or cocktails are included too.
Sifnos is often referred to as the “most delicious” island in the Cyclades, thanks to its fantastic food and drink scene that might just rival its gorgeous scenery. This is where you’ll ferry to today, and after checking into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon to take in the island at your leisure. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, breathing in the aroma of orange and almond that wafts through the air while strolling cobblestone streets and narrow alleys dotted with colorful flowers. Stop to sample some sweet amigdalota, a soft almond cookie rolled in sugar, and perhaps end the day dining on an authentic goat stew at a family-run taverna.
Enjoy a day out on the water with a Sifnos blue experience. If the weather allows, you’ll hop aboard a sumptuous catamaran sailboat for an extraordinary tour around the island or visit some of the nearby small islands like Kimolos, Despotiko, Antiparos or Koufonisia, breathing in the fresh salty sea air while soaking up the incredible views. You’ll stop in spectacular hidden bays, visiting beaches for a refreshing swim immersed in brilliant aquamarine waters, as well as visit a number of fascinating sites. Depending on the destination, you might explore caves, beautiful rock formations or ancient places inhabited during prehistoric times.
On your final full day of this ultimate Greek island-hopping honeymoon, you’ll sail by ferry back to Athens. In the afternoon, join a tour to climb the steps of the Acropolis, the center of the ancient city, and its Parthenon temple overlooking it all, keeping watch over 5,000 years of civilization. You’ll experience it with a knowledgeable, licensed guide that combines the long history of the place with the legends of Greek mythology, emphasizing the takes of love and romance. The excursion will allow you to not only marvel at iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time, but to bring the Greek spirit home with you, including plenty of inspiring stories of eternal love.
While your journey comes to an end today with a pickup from your Athens hotel back to Athens International Airport, you can be sure your honeymoon is one that you’ll remember throughout your wedded bliss.
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